There aren’t too many things that feel as good as biting into the warm, gooey goodness of one of our cookies – except orgasms.
The two often come hand in hand, though, which is exactly why you should keep eating our cookies (and keep having orgasms). Here are a few of the health benefits that eating our cookies (and the orgasms that will probably come with them) can bring you:
1. A curbed appetite
Orgasms stimulate the release of oxytocin – the love hormone. Not only does oxytocin help battle anxiety and depression by cutting cortisol levels in the body – high levels have been linked to increased carbohydrate consumption and belly fat – but it also shifts our behavior from a desire to eat to a desire to reproduce. One study even found that mice bred without the oxytocin-producing gene stuffed their faces with “significantly more” carbs than those who were born with the gene.
2. Boosted testosterone levels
Many studies have shown increased testosterone levels in women after sex, specifically after orgasming. When present with other hormones (and cookies) in the proper balance, magic happens: sexual desire is amplified, our sex appeal increases, mood and memory are improved, and the accumulation of abdominal fat is prevented.
3. Better sleep
The oxytocin released after orgasms creates a feeling of relaxation in some. When paired with vasopressin, a sleep-related chemical that’s also released during an orgasm, you’ve got yourself some all-natural NyQuil. So next time your partner falls asleep right after the act, don’t take it personally – a recent study at the University of Michigan found that “the tendency to fall asleep first after sex is also associated with greater partner desire for bonding and affection.”
4. An improved sense of smell
Orgasms also release the hormone prolactin, which causes stem cells in the brain to develop new neurons in the brain’s smell center – temporarily improving your sense of smell. The more satiating the orgasm, the more prolactin is released, which is why intercourse-related orgasms release an average of 400 percent more prolactin than masturbation.
5. Pain relief and a better social life
Though these two may not seem related, they in fact are. Turns out oxytocin doesn’t just double as a Jenny Craig diet and NyQuil, but also works as morphine and a few shots of tequila – all in one. The rush of oxytocin during an orgasm has been reported to temporarily alleviate aches and pains, while also making you feel more social, enhancing your trust and improving your bond with others.
Save some money. Have a cookie. Have an orgasm. Have two cookies and an orgasm. You deserve it.